Please find here, current information and resources regarding COVID-19
(This page was last updated 15 March 2022)
- Auckland and the rest of New Zealand is currently at RED within the COVID-19 Protection Framework – Traffic Light system.
- At Red, we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19
- All Education providers including schools, are open for on site learning for all students, regardless of their vaccination status.
- For the most current and accurate information available please visit www.arphs.health.nz or www.covid19.govt.nz
- There is a wide variety of COVID-19 information in 27 languages on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
To view Mt Roskill Intermediate’s COVID-19 school safety and preventative measures in place for RED please click HERE
COVID-19 Phase 3 Omicron Response
Phase 3 of Omicron response took effect from Thursday, 24 February
The priority is to slow the spread and avoid a large surge in cases, while we protect our most vulnerable, ensure critical services and supply chains can continue to operate, our economy keeps moving and to ease pressure on our health system. Key features of phase 3 are:
Ø Changes to self-isolation and testing requirements
Where to get Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or PCR test
- Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are the primary form of testing in the community
- General practices and urgent care clinics in Auckland have started to give free supervised rapid antigen testing (RATs) to those who need them. People who get a supervised RAT will have their result recorded by the general practice or urgent care clinic.
- Auckland community testing centres also offer RATs to take home and complete yourself.
- People need to record their RAT result at mycovidrecord.nz or call 0800 222 478 and press option 3
- Video: How to report your rapid antigen test, see here
- PCR tests are still available at centres too. These are also free
- There are different RAT brands and each of these vary with instruction on how to use, so people should follow the enclosed instructions
- More information on RAT available at NRHCC website here.
- PDF RAT guide in Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.Ø The only people who need to be tested in Auckland are those who:
- Are feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. a fever, new or worsening cough, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and running nose)
- Are household contacts of someone who has COVID-19
- Have been told to get a test by a Health Official.
· Further information on testing in Auckland is available at www.covid19testing.nz
Staff and children in Years 4 – 13 must wear face coverings when inside at school when we are at Red. It is optional to wear a face covering when outside.
Public health advice is that an appropriate face covering will fit snugly and seal well around facial contours. This can include single use, disposable masks (medical masks) and re-usable fabric masks with three layers.
Don’t worry if you don’t have these specific types of face coverings, as public health experts also say that any face covering is better than no face covering.
The Unite Against COVID-19 website also has information on how to make a face covering.
For those of you with children who might be reluctant to wear a face covering, there is some helpful advice from Michigan Health, including using simple, specific explanations about why they need to wear a face covering, adults being the role models, providing small rewards for wearing them, bringing face coverings into play such as drawing face coverings on characters in colouring books, or letting them choose/make the mask.
Vaccination for five- to 11-year-olds
Vaccination including a booster shot, remains an important tool to help prevent the most serious harm from the COVID-19 virus. If children and young adults who have been vaccinated do develop COVID-19, they are far less likely to get seriously ill and less likely to transmit the virus to others.
The free five- to 11-year-old vaccination programme is now underway and more than 100,000 children in New Zealand have had their first dose.
There is some helpful information available to support you on the Unite Against COVID-19 website including How to book a vaccine for your five – 11 year old and some great videos on the Kids Health page that can support you to talk to your tamariki about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Preparing for COVID-19
You can also prepare for COVID-19, making sure you and your household have a plan and know what to do. This will mean your whānau and community can help each other if needed. Find out more here:
- Be prepared for COVID-19
- Download the COVID-19 Readiness Checklist [PDF, 121 KB]
- What to expect when self-isolating at home
Self-isolating at home because of COVID-19
Many people will be able to manage self-isolation with help from friends and whānau, but there is help available if you need it – both with health support and access to food and other essentials.
- What to expect when self-isolating at home | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
- Getting extra support if you have COVID-19 or are self-isolating | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
- COVID-19 positive – managing your symptoms | Health Navigator NZ
If you know anyone in your community affected by COVID-19 and who may need help, such as food and other financial assistance, Work and Income has a range of supports available for individuals, families, employers and self-employed people affected by COVID-19.
Work and Income support
The beginning of the year can be a tough time for parents who are faced with many costs and it is important you are aware of what assistance you may be able to get from Work and Income. These are available to people on a low income as well as those on a benefit.
- School costs
- Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy
- Other Childcare Assistance
- School and Year Start-up Payment (for people getting Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit)
- Help with living costs (including food and rent/mortgage)
Use the links above or call 0800 559 009 to find out more, or to apply.
MoneyTalks can assist with free budgeting and debt help
You can also contact your local community provider. Please find more information here.
Keep checking the Locations of Interest website, as this is getting updated regularly throughout each day.
Positive parenting during COVID-19
To support mental health, resilience and emotional wellbeing for our tamariki and rangatahi, the Ministry of Health has partnered with Whāraurau to offer parents, whānau and caregivers free online versions of the Triple P: Positive Parenting Programme across the country.
There are three free Triple P online programmes available to help positively support children to reduce anxiety, build emotional resilience and life skills and cope with challenges:
- Fear-Less Triple P Online – for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers (aged six to 14 years) who have significant anxiety
- Triple P Online – for parents with toddlers to 12-year-olds
- Teen Triple P Online – for parents with ‘tweens’ or teenagers aged 10 to 16 years.
These programmes will also provide whānau a toolkit to help them to guide behaviour positively and encourage children’s learning.
Where to get a COVID-19 Test:
For regular community testing clinics that are operating across Metro Auckland, see here and follow the Healthpoint link. It allows you to search for your nearest COVID-19 testing location/s. Simply search by region and suburb or your address and testing location/s nearby will appear. You can also filter whether testing is open to ‘anyone/casual patients’ or ‘enrolled patients’ only.
Where to get vaccinated:
Go to this link HERE to find a list of community vaccination centres.
Email alerts for COVID-19 Information in your preferred language
The All of Government ‘Unite against COVID-19’ website has an option to sign up for an email update in languages that are listed on the website. The list of languages and to subscribe to receive the latest updates in your language of choice, please click here
COVID-19 videos with Dr Michelle ‘Nanogirl’ Dickinson
Please find a series of videos with Dr Michelle ‘Nanogirl’ Dickinson that you can access online.
Access the videos here.
There are 11 videos in the series that cover the ‘big questions’ you or those in your community may have about the COVID-19 vaccine – how they work, what makes them effective against COVID-19, what the side effects are, and why natural immunity is not as effective as getting vaccinated.
Dr Dickinson also discusses the efficacy of face coverings and whether those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should get vaccinated.
COVID-19 VACCINATION VIDEOS
Ø COVID-19 vaccination message in Arabic; Dr Mazen Shasha, Emergency Medicine at Rotorua Hospital. See here
Ø COVID-19 vaccination message in Afrikaans: Dr Martin van Zyl, Psychiatrist at Lakes District Health Board. See here
Ø COVID vaccination message in Gujarati; Dr Rajan Patel, Gastroenterologist at Rotorua Hospital. See here
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